GURSHABAD VICHAAR IS THE TRUE SEWA FOR A SIKH
Sewa is one of the unique concepts in Gurmatt (Guru’s teaching) that people get confused about as it is the same word but the Gurmatt concept is entirely different from the already-established Vedic and other religious systems that were already thousands of years old in India when Guru Nanak Sahib ji came to spread his Gurmat Gyan (Guru’s wisdom).
Most of us have been very cleverly indoctrinated by the Nirmalas, Udasis, some ‘dehdharee’ (self appointed) Gurus and now even from various derawaddees (sects). Remember those sakhis (stories) about Bhai Lehna ji building walls in the rain, and eating dead bodies ; and how Bhai Amardass ji spent 23 years walking backwards 30 miles in pitch darkness to fetch water from the River Beas for Guru Angad Sahib ji to bathe in, that too after washing utensils in the langgar till midnight!
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LOVE REDEFINED – BHAGAT AND HIS BHAGTI
The word Bhagat has its origins in two words.
- Bhao which means love.
- Angket which means imbued or contained within.
The word Bhagat therefore is the outcome of the combination of the two words together, Bhao and Angket. Hence the meaning is ‘someone imbued with full love.’
And the word Bhagti is derived from Bhakta meaning ‘to serve, honour, revere, love and adore.’ In Sikhism love is given the highest priority in Gurbani. Spiritual love is the way to the One and Only God.
(SGGS 534 Rag Devgandharee M 5)
ਰਾਜੁ ਨ ਚਾਹਉ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਨ ਚਾਹਉ ਮਨਿ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਚਰਨ ਕਮਲਾਰੇ ॥
Raaj N Chaaho Mukath N Chaaho Man Preeth Charan Kamalaarae ||
I do not seek power, and I do not seek liberation. My mind is in love with Your Lotus Feet.
Preet is Love. Guru Arjun Sahib ji is saying ‘I will forsake a kingdom
and I will even forsake salvation. I only desire pure love derived from full submission to the message.’ Charan kamlarey refers to the message within the shabad.
Salvation is the highest desire of all religions. But love is the highest order of Gurbani spirituality and the highest of the seeker’s emotions too. Love subsumes all other. When love exists, the existence or absence of all else in spirituality becomes immaterial.
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